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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2007 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

I agree there is now way to pick THE best show from the Grateful Dead's greatest year.

That being said 10/29/77 is the best show from that year, and in fact the best show the Grateful Dead ever played. (By now, everyone knows I say this whenever '77 comes up; and yes, it's said tongue in cheek, even though i do personally believe it's so).

So rather than just submit my usual let me also offer what I think are some very UNDERRATED, under-the-radar shows from 1977:

5/4/77: Beautiful show. Listen for Bobby playing a few licks from "ChinaCat" in the Scarlet>Fire.

5/11/77, St. Paul. Brilliant Scarlet>Fire, terrific TLEO, and yes, the crowd reacts to "Big River" when Bobby sings about meeting her accidentally in St. Paul, Minnesota.

5/13/77: They could do wrong in May of '77

5/7 and 5/9. The shows that sandwich around Cornell, which is NOT overrated, but is not the best show of '77, either.

5/7 has a Terrapin and Wheel to die for, and 5/9 has possibly the best Help>Slip>Frank outside of the 8/13/75 One From the Vault performance. 5/9 also has the best "Ship of Fools" ever, which often gets overlooked in that show.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Funny you should mention 10/29, I've got that very show running now and, as usual, I still can't believe how good it is. I think the Eyes may be one of my favorite two. Oddly enough, the other one occurs just a few nights later in the Colgate show. But even though they were performed only days apart, they couldn't be more different. The Colgate Eyes is a speeding monster, a relentless pounding of sonic force that never lets up. The Field House Eyes, however, is a mellow journey, sprinkled with delicate and intricate formations that only Jerry could produce.
To your point, for me, the 10/29 and the 5/25 Mosque show may be my favorites, but I would never say one or the other (or any of the amazing shows from that year) was the "best" for me. For just like any Dead show, each time I listen to one I am hearing new things and forming new opinions. I think this may be why I never grow tired of listening to these folks. Even though the shows cannot literally change from what they were the night they were performed, their form and power continue to morph and change into new forms of fluid art that make me constantly review and update my opinions.
Whenever my wife asks me how can I listen to a show over and over, I try to explain how each time I listen, it becomes a new show capable of moving me to my soul for different reasons from the last time I listened. She'll then look at me funny and say "Well, at least you're not out chasing women." Nope, I'm simply chasing the next great Dew or Playin'. Funny thing is, I probably have listened to it already.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

SDH--

I think we're living parallel lives. I also have to explain to my wife how i can listen to yet ANOTHER version of Eyes, or Scarlet>Fire, or Dew, etc.

But it's true--the reason we love this band so much is that there are new subtleties to discover in each and every show. No, they're not a technically polished or proficient band, and yes, I have to admit to my wife that Donna is not exactly channeling Ella Fitzgerald in her warblings, but no band has ever packed more creativity, spontaneous energy or pure inspiration into live performance.

As for the Eyes of 10/29 it is my all time favorite. It starts as you say w/mellow jazz overtones, a la Wes Montgomery but by the 2nd instrumental jam leading into the final verse it is a rip roaring Jerry fest of mad guitar riffs that evoke at points Spanish Jams and casey-Jones like cresendos.....it never fails to astonish me. The rest of the band rides the crest of the wave and joins in the splash down. I wish everyone would listen to it.

(yeah, and that Colgate one next night aint bad either)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Well, if we are indeed living parallel lives, it must mean that, according to our favorite abrasive antagonist, you, like me, are also a raging homosexual bent on the ingesting of as much pole as is physically possible. Welcome to the club.

But, to get back on topic, the 10/29 Minglewood is crazy good. Jerry is not just on fire, he is burning with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2007 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

the abrasive antagonist has as much effect on me as mosquitoes have on the windshield of a car doing 90 on the Interstate.

enjoy the music, and the rest is white noise.

(...and how 'bout Jerry belting out that Might as Well? :-)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Funny you should mention 10/29? Find me three posts where GC doesn't mention 10/29!! ;-)

If you want another one that slips under the radar, if a show from 77 can slip under the radar, check out 5-17-77. Donna must really feel at home back in Alabama because imo it is her best show with the Dead. Great Jack Straw (Donna lets the accent loose on Cheyenne) and my favorite Jack-A-Roe

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 30, 2007 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

5/17 is yet another favorite from that year. I agree that it is actually a fine performance from the "Warbler", similar to the Mosque show.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2007 7:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Spot-on re: Donna on 5/17 and 5/25...much more in control or something...she sounds lovely.

But did I mention the incredible St. Stephen from 10/29? ;-)

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Nov 30, 2007 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Grendel-
You wouldn't be, by any chance, able to get me downloads or burn copies of the Auditorium Theatre shows on the 12th and 13th of May, 77, would you? These were my first shows, and I've never been able to get them in downloaded.

Staggerleib

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 30, 2007 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best of 77?

Stagger--

I'm no computer expert (I still don't know how to do bittorrent like some folks) nor do I care about "lossless" as opposed to a good old mp3 burned disc, but I can def. help you out with 5/13/77 in one of 2 ways, if you're not looking for anything special.
(i don't think i have 5/12/77 but i can check. I can also let you know an easy way to get it yourself, or i'm happy to snail mail you a copy at least of 5/13/77.)



GC

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2007-11-30 20:22:21